Poetry Sunday: Muddy Waters


Muddy Waters



Muddy waters take me in

Take me down to nourish my skin

Skin made tough

Skin made thin

Through life’s adventures

Through life’s sins.



So soak it up and banish all ills

Fill me deep, realign my will

A heart made true

A soul made joyful

A powerful voice

Now once again skillful.


© Donna Donabella 2017


I had not written much since last August due to a shoulder injury and due to a need to travel inward….a self-imposed time away. But on a sunny day in early April when I began my new journal habit, this poem flowed forth trying to break the ice damn that had built up.  It was how I was feeling sitting in my garden waiting for it to wake up….and hoping my creative juices would do the same.


The pictures above is of my early spring pond a bit muddy, and below my later spring pond full of life and water lilies.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up, Poetry Pantry, for poets who blog.


I leave you with a few additional words about muddy waters.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

36 Replies to “Poetry Sunday: Muddy Waters”

  1. That last stanza shows determination! I think we all need to take time out to travel inward at times….and then when we emerge experience a new the powerful voice which springs from deep within one’s heart and soul.

  2. “A powerful voice / Now once again skillful.” May it always be so. Lovely photos, Donna, specially that of the spring pond, dream made, as it were.

  3. Ah renewal, from a primal part of earth! I love the skin–thin and thick and rough and soothed–in your poem.

  4. Maybe those muddy waters are the right place from where life can grow…. love the last part.

    1. I think muddy water is very healing Bjorn, and from the mud beautiful water lilies grow! The last part was especially important and healing for me…so glad you enjoyed it oo.

  5. It is wonderful you are posting again and your voice sounds powerful indeed. I love the photos of your pond – you are a lucky girl to have one in your yard. I’ll bet the creatures love it too. A lovely post, Donna. I loved it.

    1. I do feel lucky having a pond and yes the critters love it too…it is quite a habitat to watch from season to season Sherry. Thank you for all your support…I do feel powerful and my voice has shifted.

  6. This was a wonderful read, my favorite part – I think we all have times where we need to realign.

    Fill me deep, realign my will

    A heart made true

    A soul made joyful

    A powerful voice

  7. Renewal of Spring. And the reality of wanting to grasp that opportunity to start renewed this is very hopeful. Nice.

    Much love…

  8. So good to have you back. We all have these times I think. I spend a few months away from dVerse because of dealing with my sick mother and ultimately her death in June. Like you one day I woke up, went out and put out hummingbird feeders and began to write again. I like your muddy water!

  9. Even muddy waters can work magic in our lives, if we will let them. Thanks for the reminder!

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